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What does Alana mean?

Alana /ala-na/ as a girls' name is pronounced ah-LAH-nah. It is of Old German and Hawaiian origin, and the meaning of Alana is "precious; awakening".

A rather modern Latinate feminine form of Alan. Also possibly from the Gaelic "ailin" meaning "little rock" or possibly derived from Elaine or Helen. Award-winning pop vocalist Alanis Morissette; actress Lana Turner.

Associated with: precious, modern, gaelic, little, rock


Alana has 33 variants: Alaina, Alaine, Alanah, Alane, Alani, Alanis, Alanna, Alannah, Alawna, Alayne, Alene, Aleyna, Aleynah, Aleyne, Alie, Allana, Alleen, Allena, Allene, Alleynah, Alleyne, Allina, Allinah, Allyn, Allyna, Alona, Alonna, Lana, Lanah, Lanna, Lannah, Lannie and Lanny.

Alana has 42 more different relations via Alanis, Elaine, Helen, Lana: Ailene, Alanice, Alayna, Aleanor, Alena, Aline, Allaine, Alyona, Elaene, Elain, Elaina, Elaine, Elaini, Elainia, Elainna, Elan, Elana, Elane, Elanna, Elayna, Elayne, Elena, Eleni, Ella, Ellane, Elliana, Galina, Halina, Helaina, Helana, Helena, Ileana, Ilene, Ilka, Ilona, Jelena, Lanae, Lean, Leana, Lena, Lina and Yelena.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Alaana, Anana, ..

(male) Alanan, Alata, ..

How popular is Alana?

Alana is a very prominent first name for women (#794 out of 4276, Top 19%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#67522 out of 150436, Top 45%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Displayed below is the birth name history of Alana for girls. Alana was first listed in 1940-1949 and reached its peak position of #143 in the U.S. in the year 2007, and is currently at #198. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Alana name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Alana outside U.S.

Ailene, Alaina (#190 from recent data), Alanah (#1313), Alane, Alani (#612), Alanis (#1305), Alanna (#526), Alannah (#947), Alayna (#217), Alena (#617), Alene, Aleyna, Aline, Allana, Alleen, Allena, Allene, Allyn, Alona, Alonna (#1983), Elaina (#281), Elaine (#654), Elana (#1361), Elayna (#1113), Elayne, Elena (#121), Eleni (#1425), Ella (#17), Elliana (#296), Helen (#404), Helena (#502), Ileana, Ilene, Ilona, Lana (#351), Lanae, Lanna, Lannie, Leana, Lena (#279) and Lina (#767) are the popular varying forms of Alana (#198 from recent data). Usage of these relations of Alana was well-received among parents a century ago (average #1489) and is now much less (#1273, 73%), with forms like Helen becoming less stylish. Helen is more universally found than the rest, though Ella is currently higher in the list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Alana, Ailene, Alaina, Alanah, Alane in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Alani, Alanis, Alanna, Alannah, Alayna in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Alena, Alene, Aleyna, Aline, Allana in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Alleen, Allena, Allene, Allyn, Alona in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Alonna, Elaina, Elaine, Elana, Elayna in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elayne, Elena, Eleni, Ella, Elliana in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Helen, Helena, Ileana, Ilene, Ilona in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lana, Lanae, Lanna, Lannie, Leana in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lena, Lina in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Alana, Alanna, Alannah, Elaine, Ella outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Lena, Lina outside U.S.

Similar Names


Alana is pronounced similarly to Ailani, Aleena, Alianna, Aliena, Allonia, Alonia, Alwinna, Alwyna, Alynah, Eilona, Elanie, Eleana, Eleanna, Ellena, Ellina, Elyana, Ilana, Ilania, Ilianna, Illiana, Oliana, Olina, Olinia, Wilona and Yllona. Other suggested similar names are Abina, Adana, Adara, Agna, Aivana, Alaia, Alaisa, Alala, Alamea, Alanza, Alaya, Aldana, Aldara, Alea, Aleea, Alida, Alima, Aliza, Alla, Allma, Alma, Aloma, Alonza, Aluma, Alyne, Amana, Ana, Anaca, Ananda, Anaya, Apona, Arina, Arlana, Aruna, Atlanta, Avana, Aviana, Ayana, Ayanna, Brana, Flana, Jana, Jilana, Juana, Kalana, Malana, Osana, Qiana, Roana and Tiana. These names tend to be less commonly used than Alana.